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Fide Grand Prix Finalist is the Top Seed of Masters

06 Dec 2019

The round-robin Masters tournament will definitely take center stage of the 2020 Prague International Chess Festival. Ten grandmasters from all around the globe will take part in the fight for the main trophy of the chess festival, including the defender from the previous edition, Russian grandmaster Nikita Vitiugov, recent gold medalist from European Team Chess Championship. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, the runner-up of the recent Hamburg FIDE Grand Prix, will be the first seed according to the December rating list.

Czech Republic will be represented by the undisputed Czech number one David Navara who is - according to his own words - already looking forward to improving on both his tournament preparation and on the final standings from the previous year. Previous year the last minute changes in the World Team Chess Championship schedule forced the Chinese grandmaster Wei Yi to postpone his appearance in the Prague International Chess Festival and we are most happy to announce his participation in the second edition of the Festival.

Besides the defending champion Vitiugov there will be four more players returning for the 2020 edition - the American national team member Samuel Shankland, two Indian stars Harikrishna Pentala and Vidit Santosh Gujarathi and the Spanish grandmaster David Antón Guijarro, who qualified from the Challengers tournament.

It is our pleasure to introduce two more new faces as well, the Swedish number one, grandmaster Nils Grandelius, and number one of Austria, grandmaster Markus Ragger.

Name FED Year of Birth  ELO
1 Jan-Krzysztof Duda POL 1998 2758
2 Nikita Vitiugov RUS 1987 2747

Wei Yi

CHN 1999 2725

Harikrishna Pentala

IND 1986 2724
5 Vidit Santosh Gujarathi IND 1994 2721
6 David Navara CZE 1985 2707
7 David Antón Guijarro ESP 1995 2685
8 Nils Grandelius SWE 1993 2683
9 Samuel Shankland USA 1991 2683

Markus Ragger

AUT 1988 2670